Reminder: Register to Attend Fall Convocation; Order Regalia by Friday

To our Case Western Reserve University Faculty and Staff: 

We remind all faculty and staff to join us in celebration of the start of the 2023–24 academic year at Fall Convocation, which begins at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Maltz Performing Arts Center. Fall convocation is presented in partnership with Think Forum and will feature a keynote by the 2023 Elaine G. Hadden Distinguished Visiting Author Ruha Benjamin, whose 2019 book, Race After Technology, is Case Western Reserve University’s 2023 Common Reading selection. 

During the event, the university also will celebrate our newest Distinguished University Professors. They are:

  • Fabio Cominelli, School of Medicine professor in the Department of Medicine and Department of Pathology, and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Liver Disease; member of the Molecular Oncology Program at Case Comprehensive Cancer Center; 
  • Daniel J. Flannery, Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Professor and director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; and  
  • Elina Gertsman, acting chair, professor of art history and Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor in Catholic Studies II in the Department of Art History and Art at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Please note the following:

  • Faculty members who wish to participate in the academic procession must register by Monday, Sept. 4. Complete this form to register for the academic procession.
  • Faculty who participate in the procession are asked to wear academic regalia. All regalia orders must be placed by Friday, Aug. 18, through the University Bookstore. For questions related to regalia, contact the bookstore by email at, or call 216.368.2650.
  • This is a free, general admission event, but tickets are required. Members of the campus community who wish to attend convocation must reserve free tickets online. Parking for the event also is free.

In the meantime, you can learn more about Fall Convocation and email any questions to

We look forward to seeing you at Fall Convocation and to the start of another successful academic year for our entire campus community. 


Eric W. Kaler

Joy K. Ward
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President